2021 Nunchaku Shop Holiday Season

The last two years have been trying times for everyone across the globe we expect this nunchaku holiday season to be the same. Many projects and plans have been put on hold over this time and now we are facing a hectic unpredictable holiday shopping season. For the last two years American … Read more

Nunchaku Shop Update 8-14-2020

This is just a quick update on the American Nunchaku Co shop status during this Covid 19 Shutdown. We have a good stock of almost all the hardwoods and materials we use. We have a limited staff in place and are still open Monday – Thursday. Because we are an online store … Read more

White Ash Nunchaku Autumn Sale

[woo-product-slider-pro id=”12755″] 20% Select White Ash Nunchaku all through the month of October.  North American White Ash is the hardwood used to make most wooden baseball bats.  It’s durable, strong and has a clean crisp look with grains highlighted by our finishing oils.  These nunchaku are perfect for day to day use … Read more

Preserving a Fading China

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The 20-Minute No-Equipment

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Kung Fu Motion Visualization

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The Black Palm Hardwood for Nunchaku

The black palm hardwood was introduced to the shop this year via a request from one of our @Twitter supporters and customers.  Making a Black Palm Nunchaku was an experiment that turned out wonderfully.  All hardwoods have certain properties that effect how well they feel and how well they can be used.  A … Read more

Nunchaku History

 Nunchaku History The nunchaku (Japanese: ヌンチャク Hepburn: nunchaku, often “nunchuks“, “chainsticks“, “chuka sticks“ or “karate sticks“ in English) is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. The two sections of the weapon are commonly made out of wood, while the link is a cord or a metal chain. The nunchaku is … Read more

Pray for Barcelona

We send thoughts & prayers to lift up those affected by today’s terror attack. We stand w/ Spain now and always in our fight against terror. pic.twitter.com/Mnvth9mekh — Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) August 17, 2017

U Swivel Chain Linked Nunchaku

We have been making nunchaku by hand for 20 years.  In that time the number one request has always been handmade u Swivel chain linked nunchaku.  To do it right, we had to go back in time and skip the cheap imported barely metal versions of this classic martial arts weapon. We are proud … Read more

Which Nunchaku is Right for Me?

Which Nunchaku is Right for Me? While most martial arts stores and warehouse have lots of stuff, unlike USA Nunchaku Co,  they only have 12″ nunchaku which raises the question, “Since I have options, which nunchaku is right for me?” This site is best viewed on a tablet or computer to display … Read more

Why is Cocobolo so Expensive?

The Rare Preferred Hardwood of the Martial Arts world. Why is Cocobolo so Expensive?

Cocobolo Dalbergia retusa is the long sought after hardwood in martial arts.  It is in the family of the Rosewoods Dalbergia nigra. In part it is very popular because of it’s weight and density but also because of the beautiful colors and patterns that appear in the wood’s grain.  With this wood however it is not the demand that is the problem as much as it is the supply.  So Why is Cocobolo so Expensive? The first price point that drives it up is being able to find it.  The second is how much it costs once you have located something you can use.  Unlike red oak or ash, cocobolo is a medium to small sized tree that has fewer straight branches.  It is much harder to mill and even harder to get good undamaged straight boards so you can work with them.  Hardwoods of this nature eat through expensive cutting bits in weeks, where as the same bit would last a lifetime with normal woods.  The last price point that adds more to the final cost is how hard it is to work with.  The first problem; the saw dust is poisonous to humans.  Don’t get me wrong, all saw dust is bad for people and use of a mask is the general practice, but with cocobolo it is down right hurtful.  It is much like getting poison ivy on the inside of your lungs.  Not fun.  So we use suits and masks and it’s hot and miserable doing so.

In the end it’s always worth it but much more time and work go into things made of cocobolo.  It’s a rare wood loved by all the martial arts.  The time may also be coming when cocobolo is gone from the planet.  I wonder what those cocobolo nunchaku would be worth then? At USA Nunchaku Co. We hunt down cocobolo every week to use in our wood shop so we can bring you great nunchaku pieces.  It’s a time honored hardwood in the martial arts world, but don’t forget all the other great woods we have available.


Other Choices

While cocobolo is a great hardwood, there are others that will also serve the same purpose.  We encourage our nunchaku users to try out different weight hardwoods and test out some of the many other exotic hardwood options we provide. Most of our customers will wind up with nunchaku they use privately and nunchaku they use in class for strikes and contact with other weapons which spare the more expensive nunchaku from harm. As always, if you have more questions about any of our nunchaku please feel free to contact us and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Nunchaku News May 2017

Nunchaku News May 2017 Moving all our Nunchaku to the three Rope Tie The three rope tie method will be the norm for all nunchaku coming out of our store from May 2017 forward.  The 660 para cord colors are expanding too,  Summer 2017 will see reflective para cord and glow in … Read more

Usa Nunchaku Debut our 3 Rope Nunchaku tie

Usa Nunchaku Debut our 3 Rope Nunchaku tie We are now going to start offering the nunchaku tied using a 3 rope nunchaku tie in the middle method.  It will be offered in a number of colors featuring a 480lb para-cord as always 100% American made.  While this method takes a bit … Read more

Welcoming in a Nunchaku New Year

Welcoming in a Nunchaku New Year Well it has been a crazy year in America.  As it comes to a close we want to thank everyone who has made USA Nunchaku grow this year.  I have been making these nunchaku for 20 years now.  It all started in a friend’s garage next … Read more

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